Any appliance that uses water to function is prone to developing mold if it is not maintained properly. Most of us have experience using a top loading washing machine, but now days, more and more people are turning to the water-conservative and energy-efficient front loading washing machine.
Top Loaders vs. Front Loaders
With the top loaders, leaving the lid open is usually enough to prevent the development of mold, but not so with the front loaders. Front loader doors require a rubber gasket which is often to blame for the mold problems. Here are a few tips to prevent mold smell in the washing machine.
Tips to Prevent Mold Smell in the Washing Machine
- Keep a cloth near your washer to wipe down the door and gasket after running each load of laundry.
- Don’t shut the door between loads; leave it open to allow air to flow through the machine. Use a baby gate or close off the room to prevent children or curious pets from climbing inside.
- If your laundry room tends to be humid or you keep your washroom in the garage, run a dehumidifier to reduce air moisture levels.
- Regularly clean out the detergent, bleach and fabric softener dispensers, at least every other week.
When the Mold Smell in the Washing Machine Persists…
If the smell continues to return, even after a deeper clean (see “How to Get Rid of Mold Smell in the Washing Machine”), contact the manufacturer or an experienced repair person. It’s possible that mold may have accumulated somewhere else in the machine that you cannot access or that the mold is from behind the machine.
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